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Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2012

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. WAXMAN. Mr. Speaker, each of us is deeply indebted to the members of our military for their patriotism and for all they do to protect our country and its national interests.

We know that our returning vets have unique skills and experiences that make them highly-qualified for jobs in the health care and other sectors. However, the unfortunate reality is that our veterans experience unemployment rates well above the national average.

Congresswoman Capps and Congressman Kinzinger have introduced common-sense legislation--H.R. 4124--to advance our shared goals of getting our veterans back to work and addressing areas of shortage in health professions. Congresswoman Capps has also authored legislation--H.R. 3884, the Emergency Medic Transition Act of 2012--that similarly seeks to help armed services personnel transition from military to civilian jobs in a timely fashion.

H.R. 4124 authorizes a demonstration grant program to states to support planning efforts to streamline their certification and licensure requirements for emergency medical technicians. As Congresswoman Capps has noted, I think there is a role for partnerships between public and private organizations within the States--such as area health education centers--in the implementation of this program.

I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 4124, and I commend Congresswoman Capps and Congressman Kinzinger for their work on this legislation.

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